Gastric Sleeve in Iran

  • Duration: 2 – 3 hours

  • Anesthesia: General

  • Method: Laparoscopic Surgery

  • Recovery: 1 – 3 Months

  • Clinic Stay: 1 Night

  • Total Stay: 9 Days

  • Back to Work: 14 – 21 Days

Gastric Sleeve in Iran

  • Duration: 2 – 3 hours

  • Anesthesia: General

  • Method: Laparoscopic Surgery

  • Recovery: 1 – 3 Months

  • Clinic Stay: 1 Night

  • Total Stay: 9 Days

  • Back to Work: 14 – 21 Days

Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the most popular bariatric surgeries in Iran. Also known as sleeve gastrectomy, gastric sleeve in Iran is offered by highly-skilled surgeons who have completed fellowships in bariatric and laparoscopic surgery at top universities. At AriaMedTour, we help you get a gastric sleeve surgery with one of the best bariatric surgeons as well as do all the arrangements for your trip and stay in Iran.

Gastric Sleeve Packages in Iran

* A deposit is an advance payment to secure a spot by the user after making an informed decision and agreeing to receive a service and cannot be refunded due to the user’s refusal to receive the service or cancellation for personal reasons.

* What does a surgeon level mean?

Our rhinoplasty packages have been classified into 3 levels mainly based on the surgeons' competencies and also the hospital/clinic where the surgery takes place.

Our surgeons’ ranking is measured using different criteria, including:

  • Skills and hands-on experience, evaluated based on the years of experience as a surgeon, the number of successful surgeries, the percentage of patient satisfaction, and expertise in fleshy nose surgeries.
  • Academic background, evaluated based on the education level (considering their specialties and subspecialties), ranking in the board certification examination, the place of study (institution ranking), and the number of congresses, workshops, and courses attended.

The higher-ranked surgeons are the Iranian brand doctors who are also active on social media.

* Note that all our doctors are board-certified and have met AriaMedTour medical group's standards.

Hear about our weight loss surgery patients’ experiences in Iran: They have so much to share.

Watch these weight loss surgery stories from different patients around the world to see why people choose Iran for their cosmetic surgeries and how AriaMedTour facilitates their medical trip to Iran.

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All inclusive Weight Loss Surgery Packages in Iran

Weight Loss Surgery Prices

Procedures Price (USD)
Laparascopic Gastric Sleeve surgery
reducing the size of the stomach, allows the patient to feel full after eating less and taking in fewer calories.
Laparascopic Gastric Bypass surgery
The surgeon staples the top portion of the stomach so it is separated from the bottom to create a small stomach pouch.
Laparoscopic gastric plication
that reduces the size of the stomach capacity to approximately 3 ounces. The procedure does not involve the use of an implanted device.
Laparascopic gastric band surgery
A laparoscopic adjustable gastric band, commonly called a lap-band, A band, or LAGB, is an inflatable silicone device placed around the top portion of the stomach to treat obesity, intended to decrease food consumption.
Laparoscopic Intragastric Balloon Insertion
A surgery to lift and remove the saggy skin that might be an outcome of losing weight, pregnancy, etc..

Before & After Photos

Take a look at ‘before and after’ photos of people who got their weight loss surgery done in Iran.

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What We Offer

  • Gastric Sleeve (Laparoscopic) Surgery
    Clinic and doctor visits, gastric sleeve surgery in hospital, one-night hospitalization, post-operative care, recovery, and follow-up

  • T-Visa Authorization Code
    T-visa authorization code. (Note that there is a separate visa fee that the patient must pay when receiving the visa, which it is not part of this package).

  • Pick-up & Transfer
    Airport pick-up, private transfer from hotel to clinic/hospital and vice versa

  • Accommodations
    9 nights stay in a three-star to five-star hotel offered which is preferably near the clinic or hospital

  • Other Services
    24-hour on-call assistance, interpreter, SIM card and internet

* The medicines and other aftercare items included in this package are the necessary items prescribed by the surgeon. Also, the doctors and hotels and clinics which are included in the package are offered by AriaMedTour to the patient. There may be other doctors whom the patients considered and the price might be different. It is highly recommended to bring a companion with you for this surgery as it will facilitate your stay and recovery after the surgery.
It is highly recommended to take endoscopy test in order to verify your stomach health so that it is free of ulcer or helicobacter pylori since any issue with these may lead to the cancellation of the surgery and this is the patient’s liability.
You need to use medicine and supplementary vitamins after the surgery which the patient is responsible for all the expenses.
Finally, please note that the prices are valid for those who are below 130 Kg and for the others you need to contact to get the detailed price. Based on a new policy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the citizens of the USA, UK, and Canada are included in different logistic services.

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Now, let’s have a look at the photos
of our patients in Iran!

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Your detailed schedule after arrival in Iran

>> Day 1: Arrival at airport: you will be welcomed by our guide, then picked up and transferred to hotel*. Checking into hotel; Transfer from hotel to clinic; Visiting the doctor; Pre-op tests; Transfer from clinic to hotel

>> Day 2: Transfer from hotel to hospital; preparations for surgery; conversation between doctor & patient, reviewing the expectations; Performing of surgery; Post-op recovery at hospital; taking doctor’s instructions; Hospitalization

>> Day 3: Taking doctor's instruction; Transfer from hospital to hotel; Rest in hotel; taking post-op medications; following instructed diet; follow-up through doctor’s assistant.

>> Day 4: Rest in hotel; regular eating restarts; daily walking; taking post-up medications

>> Day 5: Rest in hotel; regular eating restarts; daily walking; taking post-up medications

>> Day 6: Rest in hotel; Regular eating restarts; Daily walking; follow-up through doctor's assistant; Drain removal by the doctor

>> Day 7: Taking shower at hotel; transfer from hotel to clinic; check-up and bandage removal (by the doctor)**; reviewing post-op instructions and dos & don’ts; receiving written certificate from doctor confirming patient is fit to fly; transfer from clinic to hotel.

>> Day 8: Transfer from hotel to AriaMedTour’s office; AriaMedTour gives patient special gift***; start of permanent follow-up through communication channels.

>> Note:
* Transfer from the airport to the hotel will be with the taxi.
** The doctor visit may be in the 7th or 8th day depending on the circumstances.
*** In some cases where your departure is in the weekends this step may not be feasible.

About our hotels

We work with a select group of three- to five-star hotels in Tehran and other cities. Depending on the type of package you choose and the location of the hospital or clinic where you are going to receive the treatment, we arrange the most suitable hotel for you. The name, details, and photos of the hotel will be sent to you ahead of time.

Why choose Iran for my gastric sleeve?

Iranian hospitals offer safe and effective bariatric surgery to foreign patients at the most reasonable prices. Enjoying modern healthcare facilities and skilled and experienced bariatric surgeons, all board-certified, Iran is increasingly becoming popular as a medical tourism destination among people who want to have an affordable yet safe gastric sleeve surgery.

Why AriaMedTour?

With AriaMedTour, you would not have to worry about the hassle of traveling and finding a good surgeon and hospital. We will help you choose your bariatric surgeon, arrange your doctor’s appointment and surgery, get a visa for you, book accommodations for you, and stay alongside you from the moment you arrive in Iran until you get your treatment done and return back home.

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Gastric sleeve in Iran: all you need to know

There are two types of gastric sleeve surgery in Iran. The first type involves removing 60 percent of the stomach and is commonly known as ‘wide sleeve’ in Iran, and in the second type 80 percent of the stomach is removed, which is called ‘tight sleeve’.

Gastric sleeve surgery is performed using the minimally-invasive laparoscopic technique. It is available at modern hospitals in Tehran, Mashhad, Shiraz, Isfahan, Kish, Tabriz, and some other cities.

Why Iran for gastric sleeve surgery?

Iran is increasingly becoming a popular destination for weight loss surgery candidates from all across the world. A number of factors contribute to the popularity of Iran for weight loss surgery, especially gastric sleeve surgery, the most important of which are proficient doctors, affordable costs, and first-class medical facilities.

Competent bariatric surgeons in Iran

Highly trained and experienced, Iranian bariatric surgeons are particularly very skillful in sleeve gastrectomy. Having studied medicine and surgery at prestigious universities, they have pursued advanced courses and fellowships in general surgery, laparoscopic surgery and bariatric surgery in Iran and/or developed countries, including the United States and England.

Affordable gastric sleeve cost in Iran

While the quality and efficacy of gastric sleeve surgeries done in Iran as well as the patient satisfaction rate are very high, the cost of a gastric sleeve in Iran is among the lowest in the world.

A quick Google search of ‘gastric sleeve cost in X’ (where X is the name of a country), will show you that by having a gastric sleeve surgery done in Iran, you can save up to 80% of your budget.

The average cost of a gastric sleeve surgery in Iran is currently around $3800. AriaMedTour offers gastric sleeve surgery packages with the best bariatric surgeons in Tehran, Mashhad, and Shiraz.

Modern hospitals offering bariatric surgery

Well-equipped hospitals in Iran enjoy specialized bariatric surgery clinics offering all types of laparoscopic weight loss surgeries. Iranian hospitals with medical tourism licenses are staffed with highly qualified and experienced doctors and nurses.

With state-of-the-art medical equipment as well as VIP services, Iranian hospitals are well-prepared to offer world-class services to international patients suffering from obesity.

How is sleeve surgery performed?

Using the minimally-invasive laparoscopic technique, the surgeon makes a few incisions to the abdomen, through which he inserts a laparoscope and other surgical instruments for the operation. The surgeon then removes a part of the stomach and stitches up the remaining part which is now much smaller and can contain much less food. This simulation video above (or on the left side) clearly shows you how a gastric sleeve surgery is carried out

Why choose AriaMedTour for gastric sleeve surgery?

AriaMedTour is a reputable medical tourism facilitator that helps foreign patients have a smooth and hassle-free medical trip to Iran. With its cadre of professional medical consultants, patient coordinators, and interpreters, AriaMedTour does all the arrangements for you from helping you choose the best bariatric surgeon and hospital in Iran, get a visa for Iran, book flight and accommodations, to picking you up from airport, transferring you to your hotel and hospital, assigning a personal interpreter to you to help you communicate with your doctor, and providing post-operative care and consultation.

Weight loss surgeries offered by AriaMedTour are all performed by the most experienced and reputable bariatric surgeons in Iran who are all board-certified and have passed advanced fellowships in bariatric and laparoscopic surgery.

The hospitals AriaMedTour’s patients are treated at are among the most highly rated in Iran. They enjoy International Patients Departments (IPDs) which offer VIP services to foreign patients and their companions.

On gastric sleeve: what is it and how it helps with weight loss?

Gastric sleeve, also known as (vertical) sleeve gastrectomy or simply sleeve surgery, is a restrictive bariatric surgery (weight loss surgery), which means that it makes the stomach hold less food by reducing its size.

In gastric sleeve, some 60% to 80% of the stomach is removed permanently, leaving the patient with a small tube-like stomach about the size of a banana that can receive a much smaller amount of food than it could before the surgery, dramatically decreasing the appetite of the patient and thus encouraging a weight loss.

After a gastric sleeve surgery, 60 to 80 percent of the patient’s excess weight is lost (50 percent within the first 6 months after the surgery and up to 80 percent after 2 years). Sleeve gastrectomy is a minimally-invasive surgery performed under general anesthesia using laparoscopy.

Am I a candidate for gastric sleeve?

A gastric sleeve is suitable for people with a BMI above 35. People with a BMI between 32 and 35 can also have the eligibility for gastric sleeve if they have severe comorbidities such as high blood pressure, diabetes and sleep apnea. That said, the best candidates for gastric sleeve are those with a BMI over 40.

Before deciding to have a gastric sleeve surgery, make sure to consult with a physician and discuss your overall health condition. AriaMedTour’s medical consultants help you choose the best type of weight loss surgery by analyzing your medical documents and photos. Also, see ‘which weight loss surgery is right for me?’.

How is a sleeve gastrectomy performed?

Our weight loss surgeons do two types of gastric sleeve surgeries:

  • Mini sleeve (knowns as ‘wide sleeve’in Iran): 60% of the stomach is removed and it is suitable for people with a BMI between 32 and 35.
  • Normal sleeve (known as ‘tight sleeve’in Iran): 80% of the stomach is removed and it is suitable for people with a BMI between 35 and 50.

sleeve gastrectomy in Iran

Our professional teams of bariatric surgery perform the gastric sleeve surgery using the minimally-invasive laparoscopic method, under general anesthesia. The operation takes about 2 hours and it is performed in hospitals authorized by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The patient typically needs to stay in the hospital for one night or two, during which he/she is carefully taken care of by the supportive nursing staff of the hospital. Our hospitals provide VIP services to international patients and their companions coming from abroad, including convenient accommodations in the hospital.

Gastric sleeve risks and complications

Gastric sleeve is one of the safest surgeries. However, no surgery is 100 percent risk-free. Minor side effects such as pain, bruising, swelling, and bleeding, might occur immediately after gastric sleeve, but they will normally disappear within a few days after surgery.

In less than 1% of cases, internal bleeding, gastric leak, gastritis (inflammation in the lining of the stomach), bloating in the abdominal area, infection, pneumonia, and nausea and/or vomiting might occur.

That said, our bariatric surgeons give patients proper instructions and dietary guidelines for post-op gastric sleeve in order to lessen the chances of developing post-op complications.

Advantages of gastric sleeve

Gastric sleeve surgery is a very effective weight loss treatment that yields a highly satisfactory result. Studies have found that gastric sleeve surgery is also very effective in combating chronic diseases associated with obesity, such as diabetes and hypertension. A study of outcomes of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy as a primary procedure for morbid obesity during a course of five years has shown that diabetes remitted in 75% of the patients and arterial hypertension improved in 71.7%.

Other advantages of gastric sleeve surgery are as follows:

  • Apart from reducing the size of the stomach, a gastric sleeve also makes hormonal changes that will lead to decreased appetite.
  • Unlike the gastric bypass, a gastric sleeve does not alter the normal function of the stomach, i.e. the anatomy of the digestive system will be preserved.
  • Unlike malabsorptive bariatric surgeries such as gastric bypass that reduce the absorption of nutrients by bypassing a portion of the intestine, the gastric sleeve does not impact the absorption of nutrients.
  • Unlike the gastric banding and gastric balloon, no external device is inserted into the body.
  • The surgery is performed using laparoscopy, thus it will be a painless operation.
  • A gastric sleeve surgery takes a short time (about 2 hours)
  • The recovery is very quick and the patient will typically be up and around on the day of surgery. Most patients are able to walk the day after surgery.
  • Since the appetite will shrink to a great degree, the process of weight loss will not be a daunting challenge. (However, people should avoid high-calorie foods after the surgery and follow a healthy diet so that not to regain weight.)
  • A future endoscopic check-up will be possible for the stomach and intestines.

Gastric sleeve vs. gastric bypass

After deciding to have bariatric surgery, you may remain uncertain as to which type of surgery to go for, especially between the two more popular ones, i.e. gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.

Each type of weight loss surgery has its own advantages and disadvantages. Considering all the benefits and drawback of gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery, you will be able to opt for one of them.

But this is not the whole story. You should consult with your surgeon and discuss your health issues and your desired results in order to make a more informed decision. Our medical consultants at AriaMedTour are always ready to give you a free consultation with regards to this issue.

Similarities between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass

Gastric bypass and sleeve are similar in a number of aspects, which are as follows:

  • In both procedures, the patient should stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after surgery.
  • They are both not reversible.
  • Both methods work by curbing your appetite, though in different ways.
  • The recovery time for both procedures is 2-4 weeks.
  • Both are very effective weight loss methods.

Differences between gastric sleeve and gastric bypass

Gastric sleeve and gastric bypass are different in several ways.

  • The procedures are completely different (read about gastric bypass surgery).
  • Gastric sleeve is usually recommended for patients with a BMI over 35 but gastric bypass usually is recommended for very obese patients with a BMI of over 45.
  • Gastric sleeve does not change the normal function of the digestive system, but gastric bypass does.
  • Gastric bypass is a malabsorptive bariatric surgery, which means it reduces the absorption of nutrients by bypassing a portion of the intestine, while sleeve gastrectomy does not affect the absorption of nutrients.


Although there are complications that might occur after a sleeve gastrostomy (which were mentioned earlier), the safety of gastric sleeve largely depends on the qualification and experience of the surgeon, as well as your health condition. As long as you choose the right doctor and follow the post-op guidelines provided by your doctor, gastric sleeve surgery will be a safe procedure.

No. Once a portion of your stomach is removed, it is not possible to reattach it.

During the surgery you will be under general anesthesia so you will not be awake nor feel anything. In the first day, you might feel moderate pain at the incisions site but it can be managed using over-the-counter painkillers. It is common and normal to experience some discomfort during the following week. However, if you feel severe pain you should contact your doctor immediately.

After gastric surgery, you must follow a strict diet for one month in order to recover quickly and adjust to the new stomach size. Read a guide to a healthy diet after weight loss surgery. Also, your doctor will discuss with you the dos and don’ts of eating after gastric sleeve surgery.

Weight regain will happen in some cases because of the stomach’s elasticity which makes it stretch gradually. However, the overall result will be a significant weight loss for most patients. Additionally, following a healthy diet helps you get the most out of a gastric sleeve surgery.

Typically, you will have to stay in the hospital for 2 nights for post-op care and recovery.

You need to stay in Iran for 6 days for a gastric sleeve surgery because you need to visit the doctor a few days after surgery for a check-up.

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April 14, 2024 10:28 am

Hi, I’m 40 years old, 160 cm and 114 Kg (BMI: 44.53). I’ve tried some ways to lose weight but I guess I have to go under the knife sooner or later. I’ve had enough with all the methods that’s why I need to be realistic about what happens after getting the gastric sleeve, what’s a weight drop I can expect by the fourth week post-surgery?

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Lara
April 15, 2024 1:48 pm

Hi dear. I understand your concern. You will definitely need some real expectations before making an important decision as in going under the knife. This is exactly why you need to understand that what I’m going to tell you is based on experience and what studies showed on average. Every individual goes through a unique journey based on their unique biological features and lifestyle.
People can expect to lose 50-60% of their excess body weight (EBW) in the first 6 months after gastric sleeve surgery. The most rapid weight loss occurs in the first month, with an average of 8 to 12 kg. Subsequently, the weight loss rate stabilizes. However, individual weight loss may vary depending on a variety of factors, including age, sex, activity level, overall health, adherence to dietary guidelines, and postoperative care. It is crucial to consult with a healthcare professional to develop a personalized weight loss plan that is safe and effective for your specific needs.

March 3, 2024 12:32 pm

I’m really fat and had enough of that. It’s not like 10 extra pounds to lose with some diet or exercise. It’s like I’m getting bigger each day, but how much do I have to be overweight for the gastric sleeve surgery?

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Nadia
March 4, 2024 9:42 am

I understand that you’re feeling frustrated with your weight and that you’re considering gastric sleeve surgery as an option. It’s important to talk to your doctor about your weight loss goals and to see if surgery is the right option for you.
According to the criteria set by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, to be eligible for gastric sleeve surgery, you will typically need to have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 or higher with a significant health condition related to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. Your doctor will also want to make sure that you are a good candidate for surgery in general, which means that you are in good health and have no other medical conditions that would make surgery risky.
Gastric sleeve surgery is a major surgery and is not a quick fix for weight loss. It is important to have realistic expectations about what the surgery can and cannot do. With hard work and dedication, you can lose weight and improve your health, but you will need to make lifestyle changes after surgery to maintain your weight loss.

December 8, 2023 11:14 pm

If I had to choose between a gastric sleeve and a gastric bypass, which one should I go for? I’m 36 years old with a BMI close to 40.

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Harper
December 9, 2023 10:53 am

The short answer usually would be a gastric sleeve. There are several factors to consider though. When considering gastric sleeve and gastric bypass surgery, it’s crucial to understand the key differences between these procedures. Sleeve gastrectomy, a less invasive option, involves removing 80% of the stomach, minimizing the risk of long-term complications. Gastric bypass, on the other hand, is a more complex procedure that creates a small pouch and bypasses part of the small intestine, leading to faster weight loss but potentially a higher risk of nutritional deficiencies. Both procedures are effective for weight loss, but sleeve gastrectomy is generally preferred due to its lower risk of complications and shorter recovery time.

October 28, 2023 3:19 pm

I recently had a gastric sleeve surgery, but I still have a sweet tooth and am actually putting on weight. How is it even possible? I thought I wouldn’t crave sweets anymore. What can I do?

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Evelyn
October 29, 2023 10:36 am

Gastric sleeve surgery is a type of bariatric surgery that reduces the size of the stomach by about 80%. This makes it difficult to eat large amounts of food. Moreover, removing the ghrelin-producing part of the stomach through this surgery leads to less production of hunger hormones, which can help people lose weight. However, there are still ways to consume excess calories depending on what you eat as the surgery does not remove the ability to digest sweets or any other type of food. So while the surgery does not allow for consuming big portions of food, adopting a healthy lifestyle after the bariatric surgery is equally important to achieve your weight loss goals. 
Eating sweets after gastric sleeve surgery can be counterproductive to your weight loss goals. Sweets are high in calories and carbohydrates, which can lead to weight gain. Additionally, sweets can trigger dumping syndrome, a condition that can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and other unpleasant symptoms.
If you are struggling to control your sweet tooth on your own, talk to your doctor or a registered dietitian. They can help you create a personalized plan to manage your cravings and reach your weight loss goals.

August 11, 2023 12:47 pm

When and how will the stomach stretch after a weight loss surgery? Isn’t 7 months too soon? I noticed that I’m able to eat way more than I could the months before. I’m freaked out. Have I stretched my stomach already? Help!

Dr. Shokrzadeh
Dr. Shokrzadeh
Reply to  Isabella
August 13, 2023 11:07 am

Thank you very much for your question.
Yes, your stomach may stretch over time. While some degree of stretching is quite normal and happens as swelling reduces, more stretching can be an inevitable result of frequent overeating after weight loss surgery. It’s important to remember that your stomach is a muscle, and like any muscle, it can stretch over time, especially if you’re consistently overeating.
The rate at which your stomach stretches after weight loss surgery can vary from person to person. Some people may experience minimal stretching, while others may find that their stomach expands more quickly. The frequency and size of your overeating episodes will also play a role in how quickly your stomach stretches.
7 months is not too soon for your stomach to begin stretching. In fact, it’s fairly common for people to start to feel like they can eat more after about 6 months. This is because the initial swelling from surgery has subsided, and your stomach has had some time to adjust to its new size.
If you’re concerned that you’ve stretched by overeating (eating even after you feel uncomfortable), it’s important to talk to your doctor about your eating habits. They can help you develop a plan to manage your eating and prevent further stretching of your stomach. This may include things like following a structured diet, limiting your portion sizes, and avoiding high-calorie foods.
Here are some additional tips to help prevent your stomach from stretching after weight loss surgery:
● Eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly. This will help you feel full faster and prevent you from overeating.
● Avoid eating processed foods, sugary drinks, and excessive amounts of red meat. These foods are high in calories and can contribute to weight gain.
● Get regular exercise. Exercise helps you burn calories and can help to keep your stomach from stretching.
● Be patient. It takes time to lose weight and keep it off. Don’t get discouraged if you have setbacks along the way. Just keep at it, and you will eventually reach your goals.